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RSPCA urges employers to allow canines in the office

The RSPCA is urging employers to allow dogs in workplaces to improve the lives of dogs that are left at home during the day and to reduce workplace stress.

The call comes ahead of Take Your Dog To Work Day on 23 June, which aims to promote the benefits of having dogs in the workplace.

Dr Samantha Gaines, RSPCA dog welfare expert, said: “If more companies and offices gave employees the opportunity to bring dogs into work it could help to make the job of rehoming dogs easier for charities and organisations such as the RSPCA who recommend that dogs should not be left alone for more than four hours at a time.

“It could also improve the lives of thousands of dogs who are currently left at home alone for significant periods of time. Many dogs experience separation-related behaviour problems including barking and destructive behaviour when left alone.

“However, it’s important to be aware that it won’t suit all dogs as some may find a busy office environment stressful, so owners shouldn’t assume that bringing their pet to work will always be in the dog’s best interests.”

In addition, 23 June also marks Bring Your Dog To Work Day, an annual nationwide event that raises money for animal welfare charities.

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